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9th November 2010
The Prime Meridian

Laser
can you see the start of the laser line (the one in the night time shot)coming out of the little square hole above the notice? I've never seen that before...
1st November 2010

Chatsworth
My mother loved Chatsworth. The Duchess of Devosnhire is Deborah, last survivor of the famous and infamous Mitford sisters (daughters of Lord Redesdale). Nancy Mitford was a famous novelist, Diana married Oswald Moseley, head of the British Fascists (the Black Shirts), Unity also became a Fascist as well (and survived a suicide attempt after England war with Germany). She was a huge admirer of Hitler, who apprently told her she was a perfect model for Aryan womanhood. Jessica Mitford went entirely in the opposite direction, became a communist, and ran off with her cousin Esmond Romilley (Churchill's nephew) to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Romilley was killed, and Jessica and her infant daughter moved to America, where she continued her work with the Communist Party, through which she met her 2nd husband, radical lawyer Robert Treuhaft. She ultimately made name for herself as a muckraker ("The American Way of Death" was her expose of the funeral industry. She and Treuhaft lived in Oakland until her death. Diana Moseley died in Paris during that summer heat wave several years ago. Her granddaughter, Gloria Guinness, is a fashion icon and society doyenne in Britain. Deborah Mitford always wanted to be a duchess, and amrried the younfer son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her husband acceded to the title when his elder brother died.
31st October 2010

Where's the knights??
Gorgeous country side and stone buildings. I'm building my next home out of stones...no more dry rot! what a great vacation!
From Blog: Day 7 -
31st October 2010

Who for?
I can't help but wonder who all of this is for. Are there that many tourists or other visitors that their own SHOP is warranted? This is an incredible place and would take a heck of a lot of sales of bottles of wine to keep going. The economics--and there must be lots of others places like this in England--is mysterious to me. But for those of us that feel a kinship with English history, I'm glad they are able to keep places like Chatsworth House open to the public, and for Yanks like you to share it with the rest of us!
30th October 2010

Cow thoughts
Dear Richard, Considering that we were eating roast beef sandwiches, I would go with the latter. Cheers! Max
From Blog: Day 7 -
30th October 2010

Cow thoughts
We all know what the cow was thinking when she poked her head into your car: "I detect bovine DNA. Either we're related or you've committed a heinous crime!" Re: Day 8: Hmmm.
From Blog: Day 7 -
29th October 2010

Tug of DNA
Such beautiful pictures! They remind me that my brother bicycled from the southern tip of England to the northern tip of Scotland TWICE in his sixties, through country like what you've shown in your pictures.
From Blog: Day 7 -
28th October 2010

Why?
I must ask myself, as I sit here eating a Whopper Junior and drinking locally-brewed swill, why I torture myself this way, reading about tasty delights all over London. The answer is that it is really entertaining and I look forward to it every day. Then also, it's educational. Imagine my surprise to see the Battersea Shield picture. I live on Battersea Place, and I realize that maybe the name wasn't just something that Berckshire Realty dreamed up but may have a(n) historical basis. You keep blogging and I'll keep learning.
27th October 2010

The Bard
My, my. The Bard of Auburn has waxed eloquent!
From Blog: Day 3: REALLY??
26th October 2010

Finding decent food in a hurry
Try PrĂȘt-a-Manger - it's a really good sandwich shop chain that very decent offerings. Not a pub, but quite passable for a quick lunch when you need one. I hope you find your camera. Yes, I hear hotel connectivity is costly in London. (It's London, after all.) I had purchased a unlocked phone and UK SIMM card in the US for my son when he went there. National Geographic has a service that sells these (!). We mostly got by with texting for communication, and he occasionally piggy-backed on a travling buddy's laptop use. Hidden costs of travel, communications back home... Glad your day ended better than it had gone otherwise. I'm asking my son to send pub recommendations. He spent 3 weeks in London last January seeing the London season before it moved to Broadway and had a wonderful time taking in the London experience.
From Blog: Day 3: REALLY??
26th October 2010

Pences
ah, I thought those were French thoughts....bad joke. I think we are very much in debt to the Brits for converting to 10 pence instead of 12--makes life ever so much less difficult. Their dimes, however, are the size of our silver dollars and I am just adjusting to notes from 5 pounds up and from there on down its coins. Words like queue, windscreen, and petrol are creeping into my vocabulary--which Caitlin finds hillarious. I am a chameleon!
From Blog: Day 2: London
26th October 2010

Experience
Blast! I was going to give you the benefit of my experience traveling to England (don't ask for a rest room--WC or public facility instead. You seem to know this, however. Also, a penny is a penny, but pennies are pence. Don't call them pences, like I did, etc.). Be SURE to tour a castle, the Tower of London and a cathedral (we toured Winchester Cathedral). Don't expect to find any ice for your drinks, unless you insist on it. Then they'll bring you maybe one cube. The big "1" on the train cabin means First Class. They're unlikely to challenge you on it, but they won't like it if you ride first class on a peasant ticket. There's too much to go over at this point, so have a great trip and say "Hi!" to Caitlin for us, will you?
From Blog: Day 2: London
26th October 2010

Huzzah...
Very nice, it's what I've been waiting to see. You do seem to fit in there... Especially the pub with Caitlin and a cousin! John
From Blog: Day 2: London
26th October 2010

Jim RE Theater
Jim, I am not sure....I found to my great dissapointment that the reconstructed Globe is no longer performing--too late in the seaon. And I so wanted to be a groundling.......
From Blog: Day 2: London
26th October 2010

Walking?
Let it be officially known that we are climbing the country side...walking does not entail climbing sticks and large boulders. Love, Max
26th October 2010

To Jennifer re: Banquetting House
Jennifer, I am dying to see Banquetting, we did go by again on our way to the British Museum and after Winchester Abbey, but it was closed for a private function. That story shows up in day 3 or 4. When we walked by, Cousin John showed us exactly where Charles' head dropped into the basket. Now we're in the North climbing hills and jumping across rocks in the Neolithic bronze age state of mind....No sleeping will be allowed our last days in London--way too much to do.
From Blog: Day 2: London
25th October 2010

Banqueting House
Hope you can swing past the Banqueting House again. Not were the ceiling canvases painted by Rubens, the building itself was designed by Inigo Jones, and it was one of the last things King Charles I saw alive. He was marched out of the Banqueting House to the scaffold on which he was beheaded. The National Gallery has so many Old Masters' works. The Van Dyke portait of King Charles I is lifesize. He was a very small man, and he is mounted on a very small horse. The National Portait Gallery is also worth the trip, As is the Tate Gallery. And the British Museum. Truth is, you could easily spend a month in London and its environs and still not see everything it has to offer. There is so much history there.
From Blog: Day 2: London
25th October 2010

THEATRE??
Max, will you guys be seeing any Theatre whilst in England? Royal Shakespeare? I was curious. And if you do, PLEASE TELL! :)
From Blog: Day 2: London
25th October 2010

Max. you have to tell us how the trip goes!!!! Ahhhh, England! the Land of Shakespeare and Dickens and Queen Liz I, and Henry II! Richard III! The Beatles! The Who! ahhhh, beautiful England. :)
3rd October 2010

Thanks
Thanks Max and John, for this vicarious journey, with all of it's interesting details and photos. Can't wait for your next adventure!
From Blog: Day 28
1st October 2010

Welcome back!
I have enjoyed reading about your latest travel adventures. The next cycle should be very interesting as well.
From Blog: Day 28
29th September 2010

Great pictures!
What great pictures (except maybe half of one)! The bright monuments against the dark background are really stunning. It appears that you did actually make the evening tour. We're so relieved.
From Blog: Day 26
28th September 2010

Gettysburg
Max and John, Sounds like you two are having a fun and memorable time together! I've always wanted to visit Gettysburg...thanks for the travel tips. Jila
From Blog: Days 24-25
26th September 2010

Back
Back online. Cool!
From Blog: Day 23
26th September 2010

Atlanta
Don't know how far south your headed, but the cyclarama in Atlanta is pretty awesome... Sorry for your fall...feel better :))
From Blog: Day 23

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